Twitter Deletes Thousands Of Accounts Discouraging US Vote Participation

Twitter Deletes Thousands Of Accounts Discouraging US Vote Participation

Twitter Deletes Thousands Of Accounts Discouraging US Vote Participation

Twitter has wiped thousands of "automated accounts" that sought to discourage midterm voting, after Democrats raised concerns the electorate might fall for bogus appeals, like urging men not to vote to let women's voices be heard.

"We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter", a Twitter spokesperson told Reuters.

The social media website accounts were being operated from the United States.

The DCCC's flagging ultimately resulted in Twitter purging more than 10,000 accounts from the social networking service, Reuters reported, citing three unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Conservatives and others on the right have accused Twitter and other social media companies of discriminating on the basis of political agenda, while those on the left have alleged that Russian Federation has been using "bot farms" to interfere in US elections.


In the past, Twitter has deleted millions of accounts for trying to interfere with the outcomes of elections, so this latest batch of deletions is fairly small fry.

For months, Twitter has sought to eliminate automated and bogus accounts created to manipulate the public conversation. Twitter did not name the exact number of suspended accounts but several reports suggested that it might amount to over 10,000. The accounts also appeared to be domestic.

US President Donald Trump recently complained that Twitter was removing some of his followers. That group has been working to spot misinformation that may circulate about Democratic candidates.

The bill would make it illegal to use the bots to influence voting.

One of these partners includes RoBhat Labs who develops technology that can identify bots and what the political-bias is in the message. "Krikorian did not say whether the flagged posts were ultimately removed by Twitter".

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